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Virginia AG calls for state to legalize marijuana

Jun. 15, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is calling for the legalization of marijuana. Herring said Saturday that Virginia should start decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and eventually legalize the drug. The Democratic attorney general said criminal prosecutions...

Raising hemp a learning experience for Philpot family

Jun. 15, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

PHILPOT, Ky. (AP) — The federal legalization of hemp through the Hemp Farming Act, a part of the 2018 Farm Bill, has brought seasoned farmers and would-be gold rushers alike into the hemp game. For those neo-farmers hoping to cash in, hemp represents the potential of a hefty payday. For the...

Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry 'mess'

Jun. 14, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity. That's one example of the startling lack of...

Canada to allow the sale of cannabis edibles late this year

Jun. 14, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Canadian government says a limited selection of cannabis-laced food products won't hit retail shelves in the country before mid-December. Last October, Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace but it has delayed the sale of edibles...

Bayer to invest $5.6 billion in new weed killing methods

Jun. 14, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer says it plans to invest some 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) over the next decade in developing "additional methods to combat weeds." Friday's announcement came as Bayer is engaged in legal battles in the U.S. in which plaintiffs claim that...

California court: Prison pot is OK _ if inmates don't inhale

Jun. 13, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court says it's legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison — so long as inmates don't inhale. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce (28 grams) of cannabis in 2016,...

California court: Prison pot is OK _ if inmates don't inhale

Jun. 12, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court says it's legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison — so long as inmates don't inhale. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce (28 grams) of cannabis in 2016,...

Nevada law prevents most employers from rejecting pot-users

Jun. 12, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two backers of a pioneering Nevada law to prevent employers from rejecting job-seekers based on a pre-employment marijuana test cast the effort Wednesday as an anti-discrimination measure in a state where recreational pot sales are booming and rules about legal marijuana consumption are...

AP analysis: Legal pot for all takes a toll on medical users

Jun. 11, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill...

Oregon preparing for possible interstate pot commerce

Jun. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With an eye toward making Oregon as big in pot as it is in craft brews and pinot noir, the state House passed a bill Tuesday that would empower the governor to enter agreements with other states for the transfer of marijuana. The 43-16 vote came after the leader of minority Republicans...